“How much clearer evidence do you need?” – Agar rages about controversial try

Leeds narrowly went down 27-26 to Warrington, but one of the major talking points was one of the visitors’ tries.

Josh Charnley was adjudged to have grounded the ball despite the attentions of Brad Dwyer in the 51st minute.

However, because referee Chris Kendall sent the decision to video referee Robert Hicks as a try, the effort was awarded – much to the chagrin of Leeds head coach Richard Agar.

“How much clearer evidence do you need? – one of the deciding factors has been that try the video referee gave that clearly wasn’t a try,” Agar said.

“You just wonder what they are looking at – at this point I cannot see on the replays that the ball touched the floor.

“There was no evidence to suggest that ball didn’t get down, so how on earth has he come up with a try for that?

“I feel sorry for our guys for putting up with decisions like that.”

Agar believed his side should have shown greater game management at the end when Leeds led by six with five minutes left.

“I thought for large parts our team performance was pretty good, it was a crazy game, helter skelter.

“There were some mental periods in, but it’s hard to sum up in a sentence or two.

“The way we managed the last five minutes really hurt us – when we came up with the yardage error on the second tackle, we just didn’t make Warrington work hard enough.

“I think both teams came to play, it’s a testament to both teams that they could turn out such an exhilarating game after tough games on a short turnaround.”

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Graham Codd
Graham Codd
1 year ago

Looking at the decision several times I couldn’t say for definite that the ball touched the ground either. There was though at least one glaring forward pass by Leeds and while it didn’t result in a try, it easily could have done. There will always be the rub of the green during any match with the best will of the officials.